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Webern: Complete Works for String Quartet and String Trio

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The music for string quartet offers a snap-shot of Webern's extraordinarily rapid progress from his studies with Schoenberg, through the various stages of his Expressionist and 12-note maturity. The Artis Quartet of Vienna are outstandingly sympathetic guides to this journey. They are warm but never sickly sweet in the 1905 'Slow movement' (obviously influenced by Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht) and similarly in the String Quartet composed later that year, where echoes from the master's Op. 7 Quartet jostle alongside reminiscences of Richard Strauss. For my money Webern's quartet masterpiece is his Op. 5, the Five Movements, here played with passion and precision, and the Artis bring equal mastery to the more distilled Expressionism of the Bagatelles and to the 12-note Quartet and Trio (whose musical qualities, I confess, still elude me).These performances and the listed comparisons are far superior to anything available 25 years ago when I was first getting to grips with this music. Pushed to express a preference, I would say that the members of the Artis Quartet (previously best known to collectors for their excellent Zemlinsky cycle, also on Nimbus) are the most fully inside the idiom. The Emerson tend to be merely fulsome in the early works and to play the later ones for external effect, while the Arditti are marginally less flexible in their phrasing. All three versions are superbly recorded. The Nimbus disc comes with an authoritative booklet note by Malcolm Hayes.David Fanning -- From International Record Review - subscribe now

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Langsamer Satz: Slow Movt
  2. Str Qt
  3. Rondo
  4. Five Movts, Op.5: I. Heftig Bewegt Tempo I - Etwas Ruhiger Tempo II
  5. Five Movts, Op.5: II. Sehr Langsam
  6. Five Movts, Op.5: III. Sehr Bewegt
  7. Five Movts, Op.5: IV. Sehr Langsam
  8. Five Movts, Op.5: V. In Zarter Bewegung
  9. Six Bagatelles, Op.9: I. Massig
  10. Six Bagatelles, Op.9: II. Leicht Bewegt
  11. Six Bagatelles, Op.9: III. Ziemlich Fliessend
  12. Six Bagatelles, Op.9: IV. Sehr Langsam
  13. Six Bagatelles, Op.9: V. Ausserst Langsam
  14. Six Bagatelles, Op.9: VI. Fliessend
  15. Satz, Movt: Ruhig Fliessend
  16. Str Trio, Op.20: I. Sehr Langsam
  17. Str Trio, Op.20: II. Sehr Getragen Und Ausdrucksvoll
  18. Str Qt, Op.28: I. Massig
  19. Str Qt, Op.28: Gemachlich
  20. Str Qt, Op.28: Sehr Fliessend

Product details

  • Performer: Anton Webern, Artis Quartett Wien
  • Audio CD (June 5, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nimbus Records
  • ASIN: B00005J6TY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,331 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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